Warner Bros. May Sell Ryan Gosling’s LOST RIVER Following Dismal Reviews from Cannes

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Ryan Gosling has always been one to go a little against the grain.  He could have easily been leading big studio tentpoles at multiple points in his career, but time and time again he’s opted instead to take challenging roles in films like Lars and the Real Girl, Blue Valentine, and Drive.  Most recently, Gosling took things even further by setting out to make his directorial debut on an ambitious film called Lost River.  Possibly due to their relationship with the actor on Gangster Squad and Crazy, Stupid, Love., Warner Bros. agreed to distribute the offbeat film, which was admittedly a bit out of character for the studio given its propensity for shepherding larger-scale films.

Well now the studio appears to be rethinking its decision, as the strongly negative response to Lost River at the Cannes Film Festival has the studio looking to sell the project to an indie distributor.  Hit the jump for more.

lost-river-iain-de-caesteckerGosling’s film was one of the more anticipated premieres at the Cannes Film Festival, but response to the pic’s screening a few days ago was disappointing to say the least.  Cannes has a bit of a reputation for overreacting negatively to some of the premieres (remember when Inglorious Basterds was just “OK”?) and not every review for Lost River was negative, but the naysayers were quite loud and have shrouded the pic in bad buzz.

As a result, Deadline is reporting that Warner Bros. is talking to indie distributors about possibly selling the film to a specialty studio and letting them handle the film’s distribution.  This isn’t an altogether surprising move—“small” movies for Warner Bros. are more in line with Her and Argo than a movie like Lost River—and it actually might end up benefiting Gosling’s film in the long run.  Boutique distributors have experience selling challenging or “weird” films to the masses, and one imagines Lost River might get the special care it deserves with a studio like A24 Films or Fox Searchlight.

There’s no word yet on what specific studios Warner Bros. is speaking with, but I’m curious to see where the film ends up.  Regardless of the Cannes response, I’m still looking forward to seeing what Gosling has put together with Lost River.




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  • http://www.collider.com/ DNAsplitter

    Well that’s a shame for a directorial debut. That’s two years in a row for Gosling at Cannes following Only God Forgives last year. Gosling has such great potential and could really be a Leonardo DiCaprio/Daniel Day Lewis type of actor where he could still make artistic big budgeted films but instead goes in the complete indie route and rarely likes to work w large studios (Crazy, Stupid, Love and Gangster Squad). Part of me admires him for sticking to his guns and the other part of me is saddened that we’ll never get to see him in more commercial friendly films that people everywhere can enjoy in between his indie projects. I’d always thought he would make a great Batman but unless he has a change of heart and can compromise w big studios, projects of that type of nature will never be something he’ll consider.

    • Davis

      No way he’s got the range of a turkey, he’s overrated. Every role it looks like he as autism. He’s dull as fuck

      • http://www.collider.com/ DNAsplitter

        ummmmm…What? Have you never seen Drive, Blue Valentine, Crazy/Stupid/Love, Half Nelson or The Believer? No, the guy’s got range and is extremely talented. But hey, haters gonna hate so it’s cool.

      • Davis

        Yes and did same thing in all of them nod and not talk.

        Haters did you really say that? How old are you?

      • http://www.collider.com/ DNAsplitter

        Old enough to recognize jealousy. “Every role it looks like he has autism. He’s dull as fuck.” Really? And you question my age.

      • Davis

        So anyone with any sort of criticism is both jealous and a hater? Be quiet you child

        I question your age because you have a batman photo as your photo

      • http://www.collider.com/ DNAsplitter

        Well, I question your intelligence as you’ve shown zero support to your first claim and make immature remarks, “looks like he has autism. He’s dull as fuck.” Outstanding way to make your point. But I was more impressed with your follow up “yes and did the same thing in all of them nod and not talk.” Yes, he had zero dialogue in each of those films. SMH. I’m bored by this conversation so I’m done here with you.

      • Davis

        SMH YA HATERRR

        How is it immature just because my loins don’t quivers when I watch the notebook doesn’t mean i’m jealous or a hater.

      • http://www.collider.com/ DNAsplitter

        ummmmm…What? Have you never seen Drive, Blue Valentine, Crazy/Stupid/Love, Half Nelson or The Believer? No, the guy’s got range and is extremely talented. But hey, haters gonna hate so it’s cool.

    • Guest

      I agree, he is overrated. Very hit and miss. His acting in Only God Forgives was so terrible it made me laugh. He was very good in Blue Valentine though, but I guess he had years to prepare for that and they basically were these characters during the shoot. His acting partner in Blue Valentine Michelle Williams is amazing. He is way over-hyped!

  • randommale7

    The bad response makes me want to see the film even more for some reason…Cannes is well known for blowing this out of proportion too though I feel they’re probably right…

  • Paladinus McLachlan

    I’m wish only the best for Ryan Gosling. I think he’s very talented in everything he does.

  • Ey

    But but but … Inglorious basters WAS only OK ?

  • Truth Be Told

    Except Inglorious Basterds is simply “ok” at best, which is more than can be said about the rest of QT’s 21st century efforts.

    • bidi

      IB is a fucking masterpiece. i agree it’s not for everyone, but i think it will go down in history as one of the greatest films of all time. i know Pulp Fiction gets the pub because it was so groundbreaking, but IB is Tarantino at his best. it’s his best movie

      • Bo

        A masterpiece you say? A masterpiece and will go down in history as one of the greatest films of alllll time? I’m rolling around on the floor laughing. Come on, man! You’ve lost all credibility with masterpiece and especially one of the greatest of all time. Okay, you liked the film. That’s great. Good for you. But relax and get a grip on the ‘one of the greatest films of all time’. That’s just ridiculous! Really…come on man!!…lol…

      • Fabdex

        Tarantino’s schtick is getting repetitive: using Bowie’s “Putting out the fire” in the theatre burning scene was pretty fucking… Tarantinoesque. And not in a good way.

    • bidi

      IB is a fucking masterpiece. i agree it’s not for everyone, but i think it will go down in history as one of the greatest films of all time. i know Pulp Fiction gets the pub because it was so groundbreaking, but IB is Tarantino at his best. it’s his best movie

  • The Flobbit

    Well, shoot. It always makes me sad when an actor’s reach exceeds his graph.

    People like Gosling and Franco are great actors, but they need to realize that directing is not acting, and get to directing school. I just hope Chris Evans’s, Russell Crowe’s, and Scarlett Johansson’s directorial debuts go better.

    • bidi

      the problem with Gosling (though i have barely seen anything from the film so take this with an enormous grain of salt) is that he just seems to be copying the styles of Nic Winding Refn and Derek Cianfrance. i know they were huge inspirations, but he looks to just be copying what they do without putting his own stamp on it

    • bidi

      the problem with Gosling (though i have barely seen anything from the film so take this with an enormous grain of salt) is that he just seems to be copying the styles of Nic Winding Refn and Derek Cianfrance. i know they were huge inspirations, but he looks to just be copying what they do without putting his own stamp on it

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  • Lewin

    Is it good business to pay $3 million movie sight unseen from a first time director? Quality of the movie aside that doesn’t make any sense.

    • rundmc1981

      Yes, when that director is also an A-list actor and has helped bring millions to the studio by headlining them. I’m not Gosling’s cheerleader, but the least they can do is trust the guy enough to give him a limited release in hopes that he remembers that when they want him to star in the next schlock script with a WB logo at the beginning.

    • Fabdex

      They figured little girls would go see it, just because, you know: Gosling. And pervs could want to see Hendricks fatty boobs. So the first weekend could pretty much get them a few millions in profit before bad word of mouth kicks in.

  • Kota Lancaster

    I actually really enjoyed Only God Forgives, so I’m still really excited to check this out. I mean if Christina Hendricks plays an exotic dancer, how bad could it be?

    • Fabdex

      You, sir, are proving one of my points.

      • Kota Lancaster

        What’s your point? I’ll admit it, I’m not a sexless robot, and she’s an attractive woman who I enjoy watching perform on Mad Men because she’s talented and enjoy looking at. Sue me.

  • rallyinthestreets

    Excited to see this, no matter how it ends up being released.

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